Software Testbed for Selective Laser Sintering
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Computer software plays an important role in the implementation of Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) technologies. This paper describes a software testbed for processing part geometry for a particular SFF technology, selective laser sintering (SLS), that is built around the separation of the slicing and rasterization operations to accommodate geometric information from a variety of sources. The paper also discusses the process control software being developed for a new high-temperat rkstation for SLS of metal powders. This program features a high-resolution data rmat, the ability to interpolate to achieve a desired resolution, and a menu-driven user interface with graphical feedback and process simulation capabilities.